Using LinkedIn to Secure a Job

One of the main reasons why people create a LinkedIn is to find a job or internship. With more than 20 million companies listed on the site and 20 million open jobs, it’s no surprise to find out that 87% of recruiters regularly use LinkedIn worldwide. There are over 14 million active job openings worldwide on LinkedIn. All but one participant has found a job by using LinkedIn’s benefits.

While LinkedIn has a job search page, two mid-level employees received a job through the app differently. The digital content producer at THV11 Williams found her job at THV11 in Little Rock by reaching out to the assistant news director on LinkedIn. She sent a list of her experiences and her portfolio. The digital content producer at THV11 was messaged back and had an interview within two weeks. At the interview, her LinkedIn profile was mentioned twice with how impressive it was. Three years later, she is still at THV11. 

The senior account coordinator at Merkle had a similar experience. He had received a rejection email for a job he interviewed for. He wanted to grow and learn how to improve himself for future job interviews and connected with the team members who interviewed him and sent each of them a private message asking if they could advise and explain his strengths and weaknesses. From there, they decided to offer him the job he applied for because he was the only candidate they’ve ever had to do this. The mid-level (former) digital marketing specialist for The Communications Group and mid-level marketing coordinator at the Saline County Public Library got their first jobs from LinkedIn’s job search and still go there periodically to save jobs in their area.

When searching for jobs on LinkedIn, there are multiple ways to do it. You can search by job titles, skills, companies, or specific areas. You can sign up for job alerts that will send you a notification if a job you may be interested in becomes available. You can even find jobs based on salary. LinkedIn also gives its user’s interview preparation, resume builder, and skill assessments so they can go into job hunting fully prepared.

Have you ever secured a job using LinkedIn? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me!

Published by Shelby Sites Ford

20-something year old college student who's just trying to navigate my way through life.

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